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Should You Steam Clean Your Carpet?

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For several years now, the most popular method of carpet cleaning has been steam cleaning carpet. The question is, just because steam cleaning is popular, does that mean it is the best choice for carpet cleaning?

First, let’s help better understand the process of steam cleaning in order to decide if it is the right choice for carpet cleaning for your home.

Here is the steam cleaning process:

You will need to decide if you want to rent a steam cleaning machine yourself from a hardware store or grocery store or hire a professional steam cleaner in San Antonio, TX.

In our opinion, you should not attempt DIY carpet cleaning or steam cleaning as it can lead to serious damage of carpet and require brand new installation which is extremely expensive.

Therefore, let’s assume you plan to hire a steam cleaning company.

The steam cleaner will arrive at your home and clear out your living space in order to attempt to clean the carpet. He then uses a soapy solution of chemicals and sprays it onto the surface of the carpet. Then the technician will use powerful suction equipment that sprays heated water onto the carpet and solution and then extracts the water, dirt and solution from the carpet.

Here are the problems with steam cleaning carpet.

First, the process uses chemicals and soap. You do not want to subject your home and family to chemicals if you do not have to and there are alternatives to steam cleaning that do not require chemicals. For example, Chem-Dry of Bexar County in San Antonio doesn’t use chemicals for carpet cleaning. You can learn more at their website: chemdrybexarco.com

The second problem is the soap. The problem with soap on carpet is that it needs to be rinsed out 100%. If any soap is left behind it will immediately attract remaining dirt and soil and new dirt and create a large, brown stain on the carpet.

This leads to the third problem with steam cleaning. The water. The soap in steam cleaning needs too much water in order to attempt to rinse it out of the carpet. Moisture is very bad for carpet.

A wet carpet can lead to mold and mildew growth in the carpet and unpleasant odors in your home. The longer a carpet is wet, the better chance it wears down and the original quality does not return.

We understand that steam cleaning is the most popular choice for carpet cleaning as there are several companies that provide the service and the cost is cheaper than some of the alternatives available.

However, when you consider you will be subjecting your home to additional chemicals and possibly hurting the carpet due to the amount of water and soap, you might want to explore different options for carpet cleaning.

We mentioned Chem-Dry above. Their service doesn’t contain chemicals and they advertise that they use 80% less water than steam cleaning. The other method is called “dry carpet cleaning”. This method requires almost no moisture at all but it is very chemical-based.…

Install a Chainlink Fence

chainlink fence

Adding an extra layer of security to your house is something which we all aim for. And if you think that this is something which can be difficult and expensive then we have some DIY tips through which you can do it all by yourself!

A chainlink fence serves two purposes, it allows you to see through the fence while serving as a barrier to unauthorized entry. So if you are aware of your local regulations regarding height, type and permit then let’s get started on installing a chainlink fence around your home.

Step #1: Mark the Boundary

The first step is to know the utility and property lines at which you can apply the fence. You can’t put it on your neighbor’s property and you need to plan the layout of your fence.

Each fence needs space for terminal posts, rolls of chainlink and gates. So you need to provision the space accordingly as gate and posts will occupy more space as compared to the chains.

Step #2: Digging the Holes

After the area is defined, you need to dig holes for the terminal posts especially for the terminal posts, corners and gates. This is because they are going to bear the entire weight and pressure of the fence and hence they need to be dug around 6 to 8 inches for the corner posts and 4 to 6 inches for line posts. Be sure to call Digger’s Hotline before you dig.

Step #3: Concreting the Holes

The holes need to be filled with concrete for a strong foundation. Corner and gate holes need to be filled with 6 inches of wet concrete and line holes can be added with 4 inches of gravel and tamp.

Level the surface after filling with concrete and let it dry for two to three days. Make sure that line posts are not filled up with concrete.

Step #4: Erect a Terminal Post

Step three and four will be done simultaneously! Plumb the corner posts in mid of the holes and while erecting it make sure you have checked all the measurements, spacing and height as well as after the concrete will dry up, it is difficult to set it again.

Hence you should check out on the alignment first handed to avoid any issues later. Generally the posts are required at a distance of every 10 feet but depending upon the fence size and area it may vary.

Step #5: Install the Rails

Once the concrete has setup and terminal posts are tied up, it’s time to install rails which can help in securing chainlink. Install these rails on the corner post using a carriage bolt.  Continue this installation for the remainder of fence.

Step #6: Attaching the Chain Links

The final step is to unroll the chain link and start rolling it along the outside area of the fence. Fasten the chain along the rails and continue the same till the time the fencing is complete.

If the corner posts and the rails are appropriately tied up then unrolling the chain links won’t take much of your time and effort.…

DIY Patio Design Tips

Are you struggling to make something great with your patio? You are looking at other people’s patios and wonder how they did it. There are many different ways on how you can create a great patio with just remembering these couple home improvement tips. You don’t need to hire a contractor and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a patio that are going to look great and that you can be proud of. Here are some tips on how to create a great patio:

Updating the floor of the patio

These days there are many ways that you can update the floor of your patio. Different floor ideas that will make your patio look great, without spending too much money on it.

There are the poured concrete and the stamped concrete, just to name two. You can also consider tiling the patio floor. You should do research and find the one that is going to be a great fit on your patio and that will be a great fit to your budget.

A new paint coat

You will be surprised about how a new coat of paint can look on your patio. Especially, if you are painting it an interesting color and not just go for the normal white. You can try to match the wall paint with the floor that you have redone.

This will make the whole patio look like a new place. If you have time, this is something that you can do on your own, or you can hire someone to do the painting for you. You can choose the option that is best for you.

Patio furniture

Updating and redoing the patio might not be enough. Especially, if you have patio furniture that is old and really needs to be replaced.

With a couple of changes to the patio furniture or to purchase new patio furniture, you can create a look that will make your friends jealous. If you have the budget, you can hire an interior designer to design the patio for you.

Plants

Plants can make a huge difference on a patio. In fact, all patios should have a couple of plants. This is the only way that you can be sure to have a patio that is going to look complete and that you can be proud off. You don’t need to purchase expensive plants. The only thing that you should consider is that the plants are fitted for the area you are living, or you might have the risk that the plants might die.

It doesn’t need to be hard to improve your patio to make it a great place to sit and relax or for friends to sit when they are visiting you. With these couples of tips, you will be able to have a patio that you can be proud of and that you actually could afford. The improvement on the patio doesn’t need to be expensive, you should just be a little bit creative.